Installing QuickBooks 2006 on Windows 7

QuickBooks Online 30 Days FreeA few weeks ago I built a new PC and installed Windows 7 on it. Over all, I like it but I couldn’t get QuickBooks 2006 to install. I tried compatibility mode with no luck.

I know. I know. It’s six years old I should just upgrade but it does what I need it to, when it’s installed.

So I started my Google hunt for a solution and everyone said the same thing…

… It doesn’t work. There isn’t a work around and even running it in Windows XP Mode with Virtual PC doesn’t work unless you do some strange drive mounting.

Well, for some strange reason I looked at the directory structure of the QuickBooks 2006 cd and noticed the QuickBooks folder. Upon inspecting that folder, I found another install routine. When I ran this one, QuickBooks started installing!

I’m really surprised that none of the 20+ sites I visited mentioned this.



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  1. Clover
    Feb 15th, 2012 at 09:21 | #1


    I had the same problem.

    Searched for other executable, and quickbooks 2006 is now installing on Windows 7 Ultimate.


  2. bt
    Mar 28th, 2012 at 11:14 | #2

    Garrie, you are my hero. I was also wading through a multitude of sites that all, like Intuit, more or less said “surrender and upgrade.” I can’t tell you how much it burns me when companies try shady stuff like this to try to force consumers to pay for upgrades when the old versions work perfectly well in a new OS. Thanks for making this fix available to everyone who doesn’t want to be suckered by Big Software. . .

  3. Lynn
    Jul 27th, 2012 at 00:15 | #3

    Wow, you are definitely the MAN!!! It works. You definitely saved me alot of time and money.

    Thank you !!!!!!!!

  4. Holly
    Aug 14th, 2012 at 16:51 | #4

    Thanks :^) Worked like a charm!

  5. Buster Martin
    Aug 24th, 2012 at 15:38 | #5


    Hi Holly,
    I loaded QB 2006 in my DVD drive and nothing happens. I tried using Windows Explorer to get to the setup.exe file but it won’t open the disk.
    Can you help.
    Buster Martin

  6. Cindy
    Sep 11th, 2012 at 16:00 | #6

    Thanks so much Garrie! I opened the disc from my computer, opened the Qbooks file folder and saw the windows installer folder. Clicked on that and its downloading!

  7. Suja
    Nov 5th, 2012 at 23:30 | #7

    A few weeks ago I built a new PC and installed Windows 7 on it. Over all, I like it but I couldn’t get QuickBooks 2006

    Please help me

  8. Brian Wilson
    Nov 8th, 2012 at 13:20 | #8

    ok Garry Mine installed but will not start just gives unexpected error box any ideas mate

  9. Nov 8th, 2012 at 13:26 | #9

    No clue. You might try uninstalling it and then reinstalling.

  10. anon
    Jan 1st, 2013 at 02:17 | #10

    i got it to work with virtual pc but this is much simpler!

  11. melanie
    Jan 9th, 2013 at 01:19 | #11

    Ha! Worked great. I was also searching around online for a work-around solution and this was the only one I found. Thanks for posting!

  12. Wendy
    Jan 24th, 2013 at 17:12 | #12

    Oh G-d I’m so embarrassed you all had success and I’m still struggling. PLEASE someone tell me what folder I’m supposed to open and what I’m supposed to do once I open it. I’ve tried several but not finding what everyone else found. you can email me at

    Much appreciated. P L E A S E!!!!!!!

  13. Jan 24th, 2013 at 17:27 | #13

    On the QuickBooks CD, there is a folder called quickbooks. Inside that folder is another file called setup.

  14. Andy F.
    Jan 27th, 2013 at 14:05 | #14

    Thank you! This just worked for me. Navigated to the file “QBooks” and double-clicked on “setup.exe.” Nice!

    The QB Pro 2013 has no discounts for upgrades, so I’d hate to spend the full amount just to “keep it working.”

  15. Roger
    Jan 31st, 2013 at 09:28 | #15

    My quickbooks 2002 won’t reload onto XP or windows 8.

    Where can I download QB 2006 so that I can upgrade my business file and carry on?

    Thanks . . Roger

  16. Jan 31st, 2013 at 12:29 | #16

    I don’t think you can. Look on eBay for a used copy.

  17. Mendel
    Feb 1st, 2013 at 00:39 | #17

    Thank you Garrie! Your install workaround worked like a charm. Now as far as updating QB once installed I get error #16026 when I click “Get Updates”. Intuit says that error is caused when using QB 2006 in Windows 7 since it’s not supported. Any workaround you’ve found for this?


  18. Feb 1st, 2013 at 01:22 | #18

    I don’t think I updated.

  19. Cathy
    Feb 6th, 2013 at 11:55 | #19

    I wanted to THANK YOU very much for your help. I didn’t want to have to buy a new updated version either. I had to 2 trained tech’s work on this all day and could not get it load and told me I would have to get a newer program. So not giving up I started searching for help and ran across your site and followed your instructions and here I am a very happy person. I restored all of my information and I’m back to running again.

    Again Thank you very much!!!!


  20. Tony Olsen
    Feb 19th, 2013 at 16:03 | #20

    Thank you Garrie, Where should I send the Starbucks gift certificate?

  21. Feb 19th, 2013 at 16:48 | #21

    Thanks but no gift is required. :)

  22. JV
    Feb 21st, 2013 at 18:45 | #22

    Your suggestion worked great, Saved me a pant load. Thanks!

  23. Cathy
    Feb 26th, 2013 at 10:24 | #23

    You are a God Send Garrie

  24. Rob
    Apr 1st, 2013 at 18:26 | #24

    Thanks Garrie. I get a message from QB every time I open it about compatibility and a choice to continue or close. Should I worry?

  25. Apr 1st, 2013 at 18:34 | #25

    I don’t remember getting one. Just continue and see what happens.

  26. mcr
    Apr 13th, 2013 at 13:35 | #26

    Thank you very much!

  27. JCJ
    Apr 27th, 2013 at 14:48 | #27

    So far so good! Thanks for getting me out of a bind!

  28. Kim
    May 1st, 2013 at 15:50 | #28

    does this work in windows 8? My less than 4 year old computer with vista died :( now I have to purchase a new tower with windows 8 and I fear my quickbooks pro 2006 wont install.
    Any advice is greatly appreciated!

  29. May 1st, 2013 at 16:12 | #29

    Can’t say for certain but it should since Windows 7 & 8 are almost identical “under the hood”.

  30. Beatrix
    Jun 2nd, 2013 at 20:23 | #30

    Amazing, you are my hero too!!!! THANK YOU!

  31. JK
    Jun 8th, 2013 at 23:41 | #31


    You ROCK! The folder on my disk was “Qbooks” VS. “Quickbooks”. I ran the setup file in that folder, and was up and running in less than 10 minutes. Intuit can shove it!

    Cheers (!!) and thanks for sticking it to them…

  32. SL
    Jun 20th, 2013 at 09:11 | #32

    Yes it partly works but some things don’t thats probably why nobody else mentioned it. Sending mail from QB wont work and creating the PDFs wont work because the Amyuni PDF writer that comes as part of the installation is not compatible with windows 7, you also get some random ‘script error. notifications because QB 2006 is not fully compatible with the later version of I.E.
    So while you can easily get QB to work ‘a bit’ it will not fully be fully functional, maybe it is functional enough for you and maybe you can buy the full later version of Amyuni PDF writer to get it going but it is not as simple as these posts make it appear.
    If you have multi-currency then working a bit is better than no multi-currency in the later versions

  33. Jun 20th, 2013 at 10:17 | #33

    I didn’t know about those issues. Never used them. However, a workaround for the PDF problem would be to install PDF printing software (there are a few free ones) and use print instead of “save as PDF”. You could also use the XPS document writer built-in to Windows 7. I have used it in QuickBooks 2006 to “print” reports. As to emailing, guess it could be done manually. Which would be a pain if you had to use it often.

  34. Rich
    Jun 21st, 2013 at 21:18 | #34

    Can you help? I have loaded quickbooks on windows 7 no problem but it will not restore my backup disk

  35. gina
    Jun 29th, 2013 at 22:42 | #35

    Worked great- win7 home premium 64.
    Thanks Garrie!

    IMHO-Encouraging customers to keep software up-to-date is generally a good thing. However- deleting really useful features like multiple currency is not a good thing. Neither is requiring a minimum 2gig processor. And multiple sales tax jurisdiction is still a mess. And then no upgrade discount?

    BTW I “print” with PDF995 and attach to email of choice.
    The pdf’s are clean and the files are easy to access on the desktop.

  36. r
    Jul 31st, 2013 at 19:11 | #36

    Garrie, are you able to download Quickbooks updates on Windows 7? I’m getting “Error 16026″ and QB recommends upgrading.

  37. Jul 31st, 2013 at 19:26 | #37

    I don’t remember if I did or not. I do have automatic update on though. You might want to try disabling your virus scanner and/or firewall. If it works w/out the update, you could just not update and disable updates under Help -> Update QuickBooks.

  38. Aug 27th, 2013 at 10:52 | #38

    Whoever you are, you are my effing hero today!! Thank yoU!

  39. Aug 29th, 2013 at 02:28 | #39

    Thanks G,
    Kudos, Props, a pat on the back, My computer techy guy has not shown up for over a month with today being my last straw. I make appointments and call him to verify but he never shows since he is not getting money to help me and offers it for free since I bought a computer from him. Well I guess what do you want for free from a friend! Once again I am quick books functional. This tip took a couple of tries to get it to configure and i had to start to uninstall and then I clicked the repair button and it got it to work. I only use it for invoices and simple stuff with no emailing printing or sending invoices from this program. Its not so hard to generate an invoice from Word. Once it loaded it had a reduced resolution but when I closed it and reopened it it was fine.

  40. Laura
    Nov 14th, 2013 at 14:20 | #40

    I was able to install and run QB2006 Pro but I do get an error message (20+ times) before I can get to the program itself. Error: unreadable file: 107. Any ideas?

  41. Nov 14th, 2013 at 14:31 | #41

    No clue but a quick Google said to do a full uninstall it and try to reinstall it.

  42. laura
    Nov 25th, 2013 at 12:48 | #42

    Thanks. Did QB Update a couple of times and the error finally went away. Seems to be fine now.

  43. Bobby
    Nov 29th, 2013 at 18:33 | #43

    Thanks !!!
    A thousand :)

  44. Bobby
    Nov 29th, 2013 at 23:26 | #44

    Thanks to you I have QB 2006 Pro running on my wife’s new PC, but can’t get it to host multiple users like it did on her XP. We have 2 lic and have used it for years.q

  45. Nov 29th, 2013 at 23:43 | #45

    I didn’t have any issues setting up a second user. That I remember. Try temporarily disabling your anti-virus.

  46. Duane
    Jan 25th, 2014 at 00:39 | #46

    OMG! That was awesome advice. Up and running and saved the cost of buying the new version of quickbooks! THANKS!

  47. colbert
    Jan 26th, 2014 at 13:04 | #47

    Got it up and running in Win 8 Pro 64 …

    Garrie – Thanks.

    Got the proggy as payment for a couple hours of computer work for a customer who buys a new copy every year.

    That was about a year ago … starting my own business, decided to give it another try. Saved my bacon!

  48. Debbie
    Feb 1st, 2014 at 18:56 | #48

    Are you able to update the payroll, only need invoicing, banking and a few other things, don’t e mail. I haven’t tried downloading anything I am not good with the computer, but willing to try, 2006 works great for me on an old computer, but would like everything together so I can get rid of it.

  49. Feb 1st, 2014 at 18:59 | #49

    Yes. It should work for you.

  50. Debbie
    Feb 1st, 2014 at 19:07 | #50

    Thank you for your help. Going to try will get back to you to see if it will work and I can do this.

  51. Brad
    Feb 5th, 2014 at 11:23 | #51

    As far as moving the three quickbook company files that are stored under the “Intuit” folder to a new server, do you have to generate a portable company file first and then move the info to the new server or just make copies of what is there and put them on the new server?

    I am asking these questions since I would like to move clients to Windows 7 using Quickbooks 2006.

  52. Feb 5th, 2014 at 13:00 | #52

    Use the backup/restore feature.

  53. suresh
    Jun 17th, 2014 at 23:40 | #53

    @Garrie Wilson
    yeesssss, its worked.
    thanks wilson.
    really appreciate your help

  54. suresh
    Jun 17th, 2014 at 23:42 | #54

    @Garrie Wilson
    here is the solution,
    its worked.
    .net 1.1 is need to be installed.\
    please follow the below steps.

    On the QuickBooks CD, there is a folder called quickbooks. Inside that folder is another file called setup.

  55. Rojo Don Poho
    Sep 24th, 2014 at 11:53 | #55

    Thank you! you saved me lot of headache and money.

  56. Laura
    Jan 2nd, 2015 at 14:41 | #56

    Ditto–thank you a milion!! I use QB only to create invoices and keep track of my clients so this saved me many $$$ to “upgrade” to something I don’t need…

  57. Bobzilla-Napa
    Jan 17th, 2015 at 13:44 | #57

    Thank you…thank you…thank you

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